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FREUDSTEIN: Mass Market Misery

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 22 2006
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Artist: FREUDSTEIN (@)
Title: Mass Market Misery
Format: CD
Label: Wasp Factory (@)
Rated: *****
After their first album "Mondo Freudo" released back in 2001 David Else and Andrew Bridge started to prepare their come back which arrived after five years from their first release. MASS MARKET MISERY is the new chapter of their industrial/electro/horror saga and since the first listening it convinced me. The different tracks have always something distinctive and the blend of the different influences (they name Goblin as well as Depeche Mode and Slayer but I’m sure they also have been influenced by the master of Italian thriller/horror movies Dario Argento) make of MASS MARKET MISERY a very inspired album that will thrill the lovers of industrial metal as well as e.b.m. or Killing Joke lovers (sometimes they also remind me Velvet Acid Christ). Also tracks like "Intro to filthy little whore Pt.2" or "Robots Pt1:Conflict in dollars" which sounds like horror movie soundtracks are really functional into creating a disturbing atmosphere that enrich the album. Electronic dark ballads team up with electro metal rides and industrial moments creating thirty nine minutes of breath taking dark music. Check it, MASS MARKET MISERY has now low points!

Urban Delights: Revolution No.1

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 21 2006
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Artist: Urban Delights (@)
Title: Revolution No.1
Format: CD
Label: Unique Records (@)
Distributor: Groove Attack
Rated: *****
Urban Delights is DJ and MC Harry K. from Brighton, UK (known for being part of Apollo 440, Maximum Roach, The Jungle) and guitar player, singer and producer Malte Hagemeister from Hamburg, Germany (who played with and/or wrote songs for Black Rain, Fettes Brot, Timo Maas and many others). Together the two fuse their common grounds and mentalities for a genre-defying cross-border mix of disco-inspired rock-pop electro-clash (how about that?!). What is interesting is that the german guitar player almost sounds more like the musician hailing from the UK and the DJ sounds like he's been spinning euro-beats (yes the UK is part of Europe, but I think you'll catch my drift). It's really hard to make comparisons here. If you can, try to think of an unlikely but very modern mix of the Killers, the White Stripes, Blur, Bee Gees, Prodigy and what not... I am sure there are more appropriate influences to quote in this paragraph, but I'll let you find out what they are. In other words if you are a sucker for the brit grit sound and the hipshaking fat and dirty beats and the party culture male vocals, you can't miss out on this.

MAY-FLY: Flight Into The Darkness

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 19 2006
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Artist: MAY-FLY (@)
Title: Flight Into The Darkness
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
It is more the darkness of a human mind which is provided here by Torsten Vogel’s solo project MAY-FLY, another promising act under the wings of the German X-Cem community, which is more a united collection of bands than a real label. Torsten is also responsible for the lyrical content of the big WYNARDTAGE underground smasher "Sterbehilfe", so this fact may has helped him to join the forces of Kai Arnold at X-Cem. Nevertheless also MAY-FLY offers some interesting stuff here on this debut which make it valuable to purchase this release. Globally said, MAY-FLY are an active part of the new and refreshing generation of hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music made in Germany, also the whole X-Cem roster falls under this term. The music of Torsten is straight produced, mostly 4/4-on-the-floor EBM with some milder undertones as well. A small portion of Synthpop can be discovered here as well. The vocals are mostly slight distorted, but Torsten also tries here to integrate diversity and so some experiments with a vocoder ("Outbreak") for example can be heard. The lyrics provided in both languages German and English often fall into some cliches like diseases ("Outbreak"), religion ("Which God..?"), vampires ("N.O.S.F.E.R.A.T.U."), wars ("Sturmfront") – in short: nothing what can not be found somewhere else in this genre is missed here. This counts also for the music, really new stuff which couldn’t be heard somewhere else before is not available here, but it fits generally well with the music offered by the X-Cem roster. Best tracks are the harder and straighter pieces here, "Which God...", "Raper" and "Soulcatcher", while I’m not into the so-called club hit "Ich Will Tanzen", which gives an excellent example how an embarrassing voice sample can ruin a whole track – maybe this is the reason why this track could grab so much attention???! Please note also the well done remixes created by Torsten’s X-Cem mates CYBER WHORE (a cool sounding male/female vocal duet on the track "Angelie"), both WYNARDTAGE and LA MAGRA (have worked on "Ich Will Tanzen" – both I prefer rather more than the original...), and the amazing ACYLUM ("Raper": reduced to the message itself, but again damned effective produced...). Some good tunes are on here – so go out and purchase it.

DJENJER: vortex

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 19 2006
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Artist: DJENJER (@)
Title: vortex
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Minimal-industrial music - minimal electronics? To be or not to be?!...differently from Hamlet, the matter this time remains the same. I think the main source for the opening track is a cable connected to an amplifier and than manipulated with a naked hand or with any possible human conductor in general, add some distortion effect, a reverb, a flanger and you probably have it. Sometimes it gets more rhythmical, sometimes it could be the acoustic and ultra-minimalist answer to Panasonic’s debut, but it’s a bit too "to the bone" to be realisticly compared. The sound is not bad at all, but it’s a bit vague so vague it’s hard o get the real point in most of the track (shapeless or not). Probably Djenjer is into few weapons/instruments but used as much as he can, but it sounds a bit incomplete. I think if he would had some more samples/sounds the future will look brighter... but maybe he will pursue this "reductionist" path demonstrating I’m completely wrong.
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Artist: GLORIA NUDA (@)
Title: Dictate from beyond
Format: CD
Label: Frost Fundation
Rated: *****
Gloria Nuda is the name of a duo working in the industrial-electro field. They melt theatrical speeches with distorted vocal approach. Sounds are both industrial and a bit epic (such as in the case of "A lonely prophet").The duo formed in 2003 and they finished the album in 2005."Abduction part 2: mutation" is particularly effective as well as "A wish of obnubilation". Its melody is catchy enough to be loved after the first time you listen to it. Synthetic structures are used with piano and deep voice.This is a concept album based on an aliens' domination...


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